Four county holdings are on offer in Cambridgeshire on five-year farm business tenancy agreements.
Cambridgeshire County Council has three fully equipped farms and one smallholding available as part of its 2021 reletting programme.
This is in addition to two units it shared in February: arable unit Lower Portland Farm and grassland holding North Angle Farm.
The four new opportunities cover more than 875 acres of the authority’s 33,000-acre estate – the largest across the nation by some margin.
This property in Girton has about 9 acres of pastureland, a three-bedroom house and a multi-purpose building, both recently refurbished.
Located in Warboys, the holding has 268 acres of mainly silt clay loam soil, a five-bedroom house and a range of buildings.
Along with a two-bedroom house and several buildings, this unit in Farcet has 243 acres of peaty loam soil. Cropping over the past few years has included wheat, barley, potatoes, sugar beet and peas.
Lower Valley Farm
This farm in Fulbourn includes 358 acres of rich lime loam soil, a newly refurbished three-bedroom house and three buildings. The council has said it provides an opportunity to work alongside the authority on an environmentally strategic holding.
How to apply
Full details about the farms and the application process will be available on the council’s website from Friday 16 April.
The holdings will be available to view at the end of April, with interviews taking place in May.
Successful applicants will be offered tenancies from October 2021.
John Nash, rural asset manager for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic new entrants looking to get onto the farming ladder, and existing farmers looking to progress.
“In particular, Lower Valley Farm at Fulbourn presents a groundbreaking opportunity to work alongside the farms team in developing a high-level environmental scheme on the farm as part of a unique project.”